Record Turnout for Ex-Players Golf Day

WWEXPAThree WW Trust Directors were able to make ‘guest appearances’ at the 5th Annual Golf Day organised by the Wycombe Wanderers Ex-Players Association (“WWEPA”). This was held last Friday in bright sunshine and high temperatures at the wonderful setting of Winter Hill Golf Club near Cookham.

David Roberton, David Cook and Alan Cecil (a late substitute for Trevor Stroud) made up a fourball group with last year’s champion Stuart Thompson who had the honour of getting the competition under way, which had attracted a record entry of 32.

Winning TeamThe individual winner and another new name on the trophy was former goalkeeper Trevor Bunting and he also inspired his teammates – Anton Vircavs, Dave Twitchen and Peter Galvin (all pictured left) to win the Brian Lee team trophy. Trevor had to leave before the presentations but proud dad Colin, himself a former Blues goalkeeper of the 1960s, did the honours. Quite a week for the Bunting family with 18-year-old grandson Sam, a former Wycombe Academy ‘keeper, being offered a pro contract with St Johnstone.

Stuart Thompson won the Longest Drive prize, Terry Reardon was the Putting King and former BFP Sports Editor Mike Knox won the Nearest the Pin prize, sneaking inside a wonderful shot from David Roberton!  ‘Bodgers Booby’ prize went to the team of Keith Ryan, his brother Mark, Steve Brown and – no relation – Mike Brown.

Individual winnerPrizes were presented by WWEPA president Jack Tomlin (pictured right with Colin Bunting) who played for WWFC in the 1957 Amateur Cup Final at Wembley, as did Len Worley who was still spritely enough to enjoy a round of golf. In a field that included former players from every decade since the 50s, the oldest competitor was Derek Draffan.

A special get-well toast was drunk to former 70s hero Howard Kennedy who was missed both on and off the course.

Forthcoming WWEPA events:

Sunday 1st Sept: Scannappeal Cricket Challenge vs Wycombe Cricket Veterans. 20-overs-a-side match at HW Cricket Club, London Road starting at 2pm

Friday 29th November:  5th Annual Dinner in the Vere Suite at 7.30pm